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Health Educ Res. 2009 Apr;24(2):343-56. doi: 10.1093/her/cyn026. Epub 2008 May 29.

Moving from theory to practice: implementing the Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Model.

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Obstetrics, Gynecology.eproductive Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.


This paper presents the rationale and findings of a feasibility and process study of the Kin Keeper(SM) Cancer Prevention Intervention. An observational cohort study design was implemented with African-American women in synergistic female family relationships. Community health workers (CHWs) from two Michigan public health programs recruited women to serve as 'kin keepers' who in turn recruited their female family members. In total, 161 kin keepers and female family members were sampled. Trained CHWs led kin keepers and family members in learning about breast cancer. Data methods included baseline and post-training administration of a breast cancer literacy assessment, post-training focus groups and review of personal action plans. To validate the feasibility of the process, a linear mixed-effects regression with 97% power was identified and differences in pre-post scores were detected at 5% significance level. Adjusting for family random effects, breast cancer literacy scores increased for all participants recruited (P-value = 0.0004) suggesting that the process was feasible. Analysis of focus groups and action plans indicated that participants valued the instruction and planned to act upon it. This experience with kin keepers and their families offers encouragement that the theoretical model and its community-based delivery can continue to enhance scholarship dedicated to ameliorating health care disparities.

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